Like most band directors I have had many students with special needs in my marching band program over the years.  From the most minor of issues to more serious ones the most important thing for these students was simply being able to have the opportunity to be a part of the band and have fun making music.  Regardless of the student's abilities just having them in the program was blessing on many levels both for me and for the student.  In a recent issue of the NEA Magazine I happened across an article titled Six Miles in Pasadena.  It tells the story of a very unique marching band from Ohio, one that after years of hard work and effort finally made it to Pasadena, California to march in the 2010 Parade of Roses.  Take a look and prepare to be inspired.

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